Recycled Magazine Boxes

Several years ago, while I was in college, I posted this tutorial on my flickr. It’s gotten quite a few views and I’ve even seen it posted on Apartment Therapy! I thought I’d share it again here. Enjoy.

I hoard magazines. I cannot bear to throw them away even if I know I will never take the time to look at them again. Here’s a way to use those magazines I feel too guilty to throw away and create a colorful recycled magazine box for your home.

These are the (much pricier) inspiration:

(Tutorial after the jump)

Start with a page from an old magazine

Start folding the page at about a quarter inch thickness until it has a little bulk to it. I don’t suggest using the whole page, it get too thick.

Glue the edge and cut off the remaining page. You now have your first strip. Roll it into a circle like you are making the base of a coil pot.

Continue making strips and rolling them until you reach your desired diameter for your box.

Make sure it doesn’t get away. I clip mine so the glue can dry without unrolling.

Roll a strip that is about an inch thick (or whatever works best for your box). Glue it to your roll. You’ll now have what looks like a lid. To give it more support. Make thinner strips and glue them to the outside of the thicker strip until it looks kinda like this.

Here’s what the inside looks like. You can see the inner part is a thicker (about one inch) strip with the little ones glued to the outside.

Make another roll for the bottom. Be sure to make it slightly smaller so the lid will fit on the bottom. Here is my lid next to the beginning of the bottom of the box.

Do the same with the bottom as you did with the top in making a thicker strip to glue thinner strips to on the outside, but be sure your big strip makes a circle that will fit inside your lid. Do not put the thinner strips all the way to the top so it creates a little ledge for the lid to rest on.

Another view.

The top pink strip is actually tall enough that it is glued to the bottom of the box. On the outside of this piece, I glued thinner strips so it all looks the same.  Finished! Please excuse the messiness. this was my first attempt.

Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.

Anthropologie Necklaces on the Cheap

I came across this post on Flamingo Toes. Each week, she takes inspiration from one of Anthropologie’s gorgeous (yet often quite pricey) necklaces and makes a diy version on the cheap. This is one of my favorites. I don’t know if I would have the confidence to actually pull it off, but I love the fancy little animals.

Anthropoligie’s Version

 

Flamingo Toes’ Version

 

Check out the tutorial and try it for yourself.

DIY Chandelier

I’ve been searching blog after blog on cute ideas for diy lighting. I’m just not finding anything I like that I can buy straight from the store, and if I do, it’s entirely out of my budget. I decided to give up on that route and just make something of my own. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to get to this project (it’s on the Spring Break to do list). I have found a few cool ideas I’d like to share in case anyone else just can’t afford traditional lighting.

(Images link to the original post)

I love this one from Design*Sponge. It’s very pretty, however, I don’t think it will put out the light I need in the spare bedroom/studio. Maybe a smaller version in the bathroom would be nice…

I love this idea. Can you believe this is a diy?

I think if I tried this mason jar light, I would try frosting the glass of the jars to soften the light a little.

You could always keep it simple by using an oversized shade.

And I know this is not technically a chandelier as much as a chandelier-like candle holder, but still, it’s gorgeous.

DIY Shrug

I wear a lot of shrugs. I don’t much care for my upper arms. I love fancy tanks and cute spring dresses, so I have plenty of cardigans on hand. Once it gets to be warmer though, I don’t want a lot of extra layers. Just something to cover my arms a little. I found this great tutorial from Annekata and can’t wait to give it a try. Just from looking, I honestly don’t quite get how it comes together, but I’m sure once I get my hands on some fabric I will get it.

Braided Hex Bracelets

I LOVE the hardware store. I didn’t used to seeing as how as a kid I was often dragged their by my father on Saturdays for hours on end. There was nothing PRETTY to play with. I was usually only bribed into this trips with the promise of choosing candy at the checkout. However, over the years, I learned a lot of things from my handy father, one of which was a love for the hardware store.

Now I have a whole new reason to go to the hardware store. Jewelry supplies! I cannot get over how chic and pretty these braided hex bracelets are.

To view a full (and pretty simple) tutorial, visit Honestly…WTF?

Off to the hardware store!